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Are Eco-Green Office Products for You?

Printing Business Cards free shippingIn tight economic times, businesses are actively looking for ways to reduce overall costs. At the same time, growing concern about the environment means consumers are beginning to actively seek out and support companies that are eco –friendly. It goes without saying that in a market driven economic system, the company that stays focused on customer retention will fare somewhat better than one that does not. Fortunately, there are many ways do demonstrate a corporate commitment to environmental responsibility, and eco-green business cards are one relatively inexpensive way to do so. Your business card choice really can make a difference.

When you are interacting with prospective customers, having a well designed quality business card can be very important. For most businesses, self printed business cards are not a practical option, due to the high cost of ink for office printers and the time needed to separate the cards. While the results may look good, they lack the refinement and polish of professional offset printing. If your business is a small family concern that uses a low number of cards, then self printing may work for you. If, however, you use more than 100 cards in a given month, or have employees in the field, printing companies are a better choice.

Choosing a printing company can be difficult, unless you know what you want. At the minimum, 16 pt. stock is an essential component, as this card stock is far more durable than 14 pt. Many businesses also prefer rounded corners to traditional mitered corners, and UV protection coating as an option will prevent your cards from getting faded. Free or low cost shipping is also a desired option. Finding all these options and also having eco-green offset printing available used to be difficult. Now, however, all of these options and more are available to small and large businesses through companies like Abet Disc

This particular company offers a wide variety of office related products, including business cards, brochures, flyers and envelopes. While the price of soy based inks and eco-printing are generally higher than traditional printing, the quality of the products and the ability to include environmental responsibility in your overall business structure more than justifies the increased expense. One unique way to offset the cost increases is to put an aluminum can recycling bin in each heavily trafficked area of your business. Yes, this sounds odd, but it looks good, and the cash value of aluminum cans is trending upward.

The convenience value of ordering online and having the product delivered counts toward driving up overall productivity, and also equals one less stop when out shopping for supplies. The more products a company can order and have delivered the less man hours and fuel the company will need to pay for.  As an example, take business cards. Buying the stock and printing 200 cards costs about $55.00, including labor, ink, fuel and heavy stock. Having the same cards printed using eco-green offset printing, free shipping, and 2-4 day delivery window costs about $50.00. Obviously, the second option is the best.

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Copyright Basics for Music – What Every Artist Needs to Know

As an author of a brand new song, you know how it feels to pour your heart and soul into something beautiful that the world can then enjoy. The only thing is – before you send your new creation off to stardom, you need to ensure that it is well protected by copyright laws. Otherwise the product of your hard work will be vulnerable to piracy, and you may end up losing the rights to its ownership.

Copyrighting is a legal form of protection offered to authors of various intellectual property. When it comes to music, there are a few basics that will help you better understand the process of copyrighting your original works – such as songs and music.

The law is structured so that once you have your song or musical notes down on paper, or recorded on a CD, it actually creates a copyright – as long as you have it in a “tangible” format. The problem arises when someone else has the same song on paper – then you would actually have to prove that you had your copy first! To solve this problem, original works need to be registered with the Library of Congress www.loc.gov, and even then you are not fully protected against claims of authorship for your music.

That’s why there are so many intellectual property lawyers who like to take on complicated copyright cases and argue them in court…Fees for unlawful use of copyrighted music can run in the tens of thousands of dollars, so it’s no small laughing matter. Music industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, and there are heavy penalties in place to prevent people from stealing others’ intellectual property.

Once you have copyrighted your song or music, you will hold the exclusive rights to do the following:
 Make copies of your work
 To make other works which are a derivative of the original
 Sell your work (often by licensing, leasing or lending)
 Perform your work in public (includes its use in movies)
 Display your work in public (audio-visual types of work, graphics, etc.)

Artists often go through a music publishing company, whereby they enter into a contract for the publisher to promote, distribute, and sell your music on your behalf. In this case, you basically assign the copyright to the publisher, and they in turn take their cut of the profits. Because of this, it is in their best interest to sell as many licensed copies of your music as possible – the more they sell, the bigger their profit margin is.

Another interesting copyright emerged in the early 70’s – which is called a “master recording copyright.” It copyrights the way your song is originally recorded. If someone wants to use your music in their public work (like a motion picture), you can request that they pay two separate copyright fees – one for the music, and one for the master recording.

If you record your new song with a major record label, then that company will be able to hold a master recording copyright and collect any future royalties from the use of your song and music in any public work – advertisements, movies, and so on.

Find out more about the copyright process by visiting the U.S. Copyright Office’s website: www.copyright.gov .

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